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Fashion Design & Technology: LCF Sets London Fashion Week Bar High with the MA Womenswear Show

The atmospheric Dutch Hall in the heart of The City of London played host to a truly awe-inspiring MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear show on Thursday 16th February. A packed house took photos and video aplenty as the models strutted their stuff and the live music throbbed.

The show was styled by Anders SØlvsten Thomsen, who collaborated closely with the ten students. Thomsen was also on the panel that selected the ten along with Natasha Jacobs (Yoox Net-a-Porter), Melanie Rickey of Liberty London, Lucy Norris; Emma Hope Allwood and Suzanne Madsen at Dazed Digital with Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of College and Jose Teunissen, Dean of the School of Fashion Design Technology. The MA course runs for 15 months and is geared towards designers whose cutting-edge designs are set to be fashion’s future.

The ten designers showcased a diverse and fascinating range of womenswear: Vilu Dau was influenced by the tough ‘motor maids’ who fought for equal rights in 40s America and did mad stunts on motorbikes. His dress that glowed in the dark was a showstopper – ethereal yet structured; Young Mi Kim’s joyful palette of purples and blues and flowing materials lifted the spirits, recalling the profusion and beauty of nature.

Vilu Dau
Young Mi Kim

Wendell Heung’s collection was simultaneously chic and somehow comforting. Inspired by sleepwalking, his oversized trenchcoats were like armour and his enveloping gowns embellished with prints.; Hew Wang’s eyecatching accessories were part of the garments rather than added as an afterthought.

Wendell Heung
Hew Wang
Hew Wang

Gergei Erdei showcased beautiful garments composed of tinkling shells that not only delighted the ear, but also moved beautifully as the models walked; Katrina Wilson’s colourful and elegant collection used draping and knotting inspired by African traditions.

Gergei Erdei
Katerina Wilson
Katerina Wilson

Lorenzo Buzzi’s quirky collection deconstructed the shirt and the traditional dress pattern in a witty subversion of the original garments; Siyang Meng used a restrained palette of creams, beiges and pinks to great effect on oversized PVC garments that still had beautiful movement despite the material’s thickness.

Lorenzo Buzzi
Siang Meng
Siang Meng

Yuqing Lai also incorporated accessories into the garments – SEEN was very struck by the oversized pen holders in the integrated skirts and coats based on London Underground uniforms, simultaneously chic and utilitarian. Chen’s beautiful coloured knitwear channelled a warm African vibe that is at once easy to wear yet vividly eyecatching and on-trend.

Yuqing Lai

The show was live-streamed and will be available on-demand from the London College of Fashion website. It’s fascinating and heartening to see that feminism and female complexity lay at the heart of the designers’ inspiration. They are all in their individual ways set to be influencers, and proof once again that London remains a wellspring of fashion talent inspiration and development. Long may it continue to do so.


Photographer Roger Dean